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one Don't try to change your spouse First, realize that you are marrying your spouse exactly as they are — not the person you want them to be. Second, remember what brought you together. His sense of humor? Her intellect? Your mutual love of baseball? Jot those things down and keep that list somewhere safe, because when the things you don't love about your spouse start to surface, you'll want that list handy. two Be a good roommate Good roommates don't neglect piles of wet laundry in the dryer. They don't hog the TV, leave dishes in the sink, or forget to pay the electric bill. They pull their weight when it comes to household chores, they give each other space, and they don't take out their bad day on each other. But if you or your spouse is a certified slob, hire a house cleaner. You won't regret it. three Make sense out of dollars Whether it's separate bank accounts with a shared home fund, or one big pile of money, figure out upfront how you'll pool your moola and, more importantly, how you'll spend it. Budgets help set expectations so you're not bickering over pedicures and greens fees down the road. four Wait to start a family At least a few years, if you can. Travel. Stay out all night. Be spontaneous. If you don't take the time now to be with each other, you'll regret it later. Kids can consume your time and your conversations so you need to be intentional about connecting as husband and wife now, so if you have kids later, you won't just become mom and dad. five Get physical A little sweat goes a long way. Whether it's a walk with the dog, a bike ride, or a romp in the hay, physical exertion What are the secrets to a long and successful marriage? Here is the collective wisdom of happy couples from different generations on what makes a marriage endure. ( Y O U R C H I L D R E N O N T H E I R W E D D I N G D A Y ) 10 tips for… 26 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 I M A G E S H O P / C O R B I S 026-027_WWMa14_10tips_wedding_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/1/14 3:09 PM Page 26

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